Sunday 18 August 2019

✪ Elevator Pitch ✪ Linwood Barclay ✪

Published 19th August 2019
Imprint: HQ Fiction

It all begins on a Monday, when four people board an elevator in a Manhattan office tower. Each presses a button for their floor, but the elevator proceeds, non-stop, to the top. Once there, it stops for a few seconds, and then plummets.

Right to the bottom of the shaft.

It appears to be a horrific, random tragedy. But then, on Tuesday, it happens again, in a different Manhattan skyscraper. And when Wednesday brings yet another high-rise catastrophe, one of the most vertical cities in the world—and the nation’s capital of media, finance, and entertainment—is plunged into chaos.

Clearly, this is anything but random. This is a cold, calculated bid to terrorize the city. And it’s working. Fearing for their lives, thousands of men in women working in offices across the city refuse leave their homes. Commerce has slowed to a trickle. Emergency calls to the top floors of apartment buildings go unanswered.

Who is behind this? Why are they doing it? What do these deadly acts of sabotage have to do with the fingerless body found on the High Line? Two seasoned New York detectives and a straight-shooting journalist must race against time to find the answers before the city’s newest, and tallest, residential tower has its Friday night ribbon-cutting.

With each diabolical twist, Linwood Barclay ratchets up the suspense, building to a shattering finale. Pulsating with tension, Elevator Pitch is a riveting tale of psychological suspense that is all too plausible . . . and will chill readers to the bone.

ARC received from Harper Collins Australia for an honest review

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in an elevator...

Linwood Barclay is one of those authors that has been on my radar for a few years, however I just haven't gotten around to reading any of his book (there are a few of them sitting on my Kindle waiting for me!)

I am glad I have rectified that matter now, starting with Elevator Pitch.

I am on a bit of a thriller/crime story reading spree at the moment, and this book had me hooked from the get go.  I was kept wondering whodunnit.  Each time I thought I had an inkling of what was going on - nope, I was wrong!

Wonderfully flawed characters made this story come to life.  I could relate to bits and pieces from a few of the characters in little ways.

Secrets and lies all come out as the investigation continues.  This story had me anxiously turning each page, needing to know what would happen next and who the bad guys were.

I am definitely going to be moving more of his works up my TBR

Linwood Barclay, a NY Times bestselling author and with nearly twenty novels to his credit, spent three decades in newspapers before turning full time to write thrillers.  His books have been translated into more than two dozen languages, sold millions of copies, adn he counts Stephen King among his fans. Many of his books have been optioned for film and TV, a series has been made in France, and he wrote the screenplay based on his novel Never Saw It Coming. Born in the US, his parents moved to Canada just as he was turning four, and he's lived there ever since. He lives near Toronto with his wife, Neetha. They have two grown children